Prayer: Lord, by your Spirit, enable us to trust your promise.
Reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: So convoluted! Paul seems to think that if you can say it in 15 words, why settle for 5?! Is there a way to put a shortcut on our desktops? I think so. Here it is. “In order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all (Abraham’s) descendants.”
We try so very hard to make our relationship with God depend on us. It is so very difficult for us to come with terms with the idea that our relationship with God rests on God’s promise and grace. That’s not the way life works. Right? Paul’s convoluted thinking and writing says that. Wages are our due. But that’s not how our relationship with God works. Wages are gift. That sounds weird, huh? But that’s the way it is.
Lent encourages us to turn back to God. To remind ourselves to rely on God. Gift and promise. Guaranteed. --Jim Bricker
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